Expo Pavilion 2.0 by MVRDV

MVRDV to transform Expo 2000 Pavilion, revisiting a world-renowned project from the practice’s early years

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MVRDV is revealing its design to transform one of their own seminal projects from the practice’s early years, the Dutch Pavilion at the 2000 World Expo in Hannover. The transformation will convert the former Expo Pavilion into a co-working office building, and two new buildings will be added on the space surrounding the pavilion, one containing student housing and the other hosting offices and parking. MVRDV’s design maintains the qualities – including the forest on the 3rd floor – that made the pavilion an icon of the 2000 World Expo and reinterprets the original project’s concept for the two new buildings.

▼项目概览,project overall view ©MVRDV

世博会展馆的设计回应了当年荷兰馆的主题:“荷兰创造空间”(Holland Creates Space)。代表荷兰的6处景观堆叠成一座高塔,使余下的场地在世博会园区中形成一个开放的户外空间。对于荷兰这样一个缺乏土地的国家,该场馆传达了一种开放性的思路,即自然可以通过人为的堆砌被创造出来。这种思路为可持续设计提供了重要参照,它展示了一种理想的原型,即建筑能够作为一个自给自足的生态系统与自然相融,并实现自身内部资源的循环。

The design of the original Expo 2000 pavilion was a response to the Dutch theme for the Expo, “Holland Creates Space”. Instead of occupying the full site, six Dutch landscapes were stacked into a tower on one portion of the site, while the remainder of the area became an open outdoor space within the Expo grounds. The pavilion stole the show; for a country defined by its lack of land, the pavilion conveyed the liberating message that nature can be created artificially and stacked vertically. It became a key reference for sustainable design, presenting an ideal of a building as a self-contained ecosystem, incorporating nature and generating its own internal resource cycles.

▼轴测图,Axo – buildings ©MVRDV


▼“堆叠景观”,Stepstory Pavilion ©MVRDV

▼功能分布剖面示意,Program concept per level section ©MVRDV

The current project maintains this “stacked landscape” concept, renovating the existing building and adding two stepped buildings on the perimeter of the original site. The renovated pavilion will house co-working offices and meeting rooms, with particular attention given to maintaining the features of the original design and converting them into office elements. For example the 1st floor, which originally housed a grid of greenhouses, will keep its strict rectilinear layout as an office, while the pods on the 2nd floor – originally planters – will be glazed and converted into meeting rooms and office spaces. Other features that will be retained are the forest level and the exterior staircases; the ground-level “dunes” will be retained as a meeting point with small cafés and exhibition areas, and the rooftop dome that was formerly home to a restaurant will now host a new fast-casual restaurant.

▼建筑西立面,West to Pavilion ©MVRDV


▼环状阶梯屋顶,Stepstory Mikro and Office  ©MVRDV

▼功能分布轴测示意,Program concept per level axo ©MVRDV

The two new buildings add student housing (in the larger building) with offices and parking (in the smaller building). These form perimeter blocks around the site, stepping down to create an entry point on the west of the site that provides access to the landscaped courtyard in the centre of the ensemble. In a twist on the concept of stacked landscapes, the new buildings’ stepped roofs will form a series of colourful, accessible terraces with a different function on each terrace, from gardens and sports facilities to study areas and a cinema. These terraces are linked together by a coloured surface that extends like a ribbon over the new volumes, defining uses and spaces. Where new facades are required to enclose the pavilion, high-transparency glass is used to maintain the design’s open and transparent character.

▼新建筑的阶梯式屋顶将构成一系列多彩的无障碍平台空间, the new buildings’ stepped roofs will form a series of colourful, accessible terraces ©MVRDV


The larger of the new buildings has nine above-ground levels hosting 370 apartments for students. The lowest level includes a bike parking system with more than 300 bike spots. Meanwhile the smaller building has five above-ground levels and one basement level. The three upper levels host offices and meeting rooms, while the basement and the first two levels host parking for the whole site.

▼广场局部示意,plaza zoom ©MVRDV

Project Name: Expo Pavilion 2.0
Location: Hanover, Germany
Year: 2020
Client: iLive Expo Campus GmbH
Size and Programme: Pavilion building: 6,300m2 office and coworking; New buildings: 18,900m2
student housing, offices, parking

Architect: MVRDV
Founding Partner in charge: Jacob van Rijs
Director : Sven Thorissen , Markus Nagler
Design Team : Katrien van Dijk, Enrico Pintabona, Philipp Kramer, Daniel Mayer, Rico van de Gevel, Luca Vacchini, Mateusz Wojcieszek, Andrea Manente, Saskia Kok, Evgenia Zioga, Pietro Marziali, Bartlomej Markowski, Cristina Marginean, Philipp Wenzl, Alessio Palmieri, Anna Brockoff, Alexander Forsch, Katarzyna Plonka, Anna Bern, Ruggero Buffo, Quinten Smits, Antonie van Vliet
Visualisations: Antonio Luca Coco, Pavlos Ventouris
Images: © MVRDV
Copyright: MVRDV 2018 – (Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries , Frans de Witte, Fokke Moerel, Wenchian Shi, Jan Knikker)

Partners Pavilion Building :
Project coordination: Die Wohnkompanie Nord GmbH
Structural engineer: Ingenieurgemeinschaft Dr. Maack GmbH
MEP: Passivhaus – Architektur und TGA Planungsbüro Carsten Grobe
Cost calculation: DreiPlus Planungsgruppe
Building Physics: Büro für Bauphysik
Fire safety engineering: BIB Concept
Survey: Ingenieurbüro Drecoll
Landscape architect: Lad+ landschaftsarchitektur diekmann

Partners New Buildings:
Co – architect : AI+P Planungs GmbH
Project coordination: AI+P Planungs GmbH
Landscape architect: Lad+ landschaftsarchitektur diekmann

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